We continue our series of posts on the films at 2015 Galway Film Fleadh, taking a look at Mark Noonan’s award-winning debut feature You’re Ugly Too. The film screens Saturday July 11th, at 6pm in the Town Hall Theatre.

Written and directed by Noonan, the film stars Aidan Gillen as Will, a man who is released from prison on compassionate leave to care of his niece Stacey, after the death of her mother. An odd couple of sorts, they leave the city behind to pursue what they both hope will be a fresh start in the sleepy surroundings of the Irish midlands. The two bicker and fight as they adjust to their new life together and make tentative steps towards becoming an improvised family.

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You’re Ugly Too was produced by John Keville and Conor Barry for Savage Productions and was written and directed by Mark Noonan. The film was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Reviews for You’re Ugly Too following its Berlinale debut were strong: The Hollywood Reporter described it as a “well observed debut for Mark Noonan” and described it as a “gentle reflection on the importance of trust and truth in relationships,” while Cineuropa lauded Noonan’s direction and singled out young actress Lauren Kinsella’s performance for praise.

Earlier this year the film was selected for Screen Director Guild of Ireland Finder Series Award, meaning it will screen at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles in August. You’re Ugly Too screens at the Fleadh on Saturday July 11th, at 6pm in the Town Hall Theatre. Director Mary Wycherley will attend the screening.

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